“Over the last 15 years chocolate has undergone a revolution. Alongside the familiar brands that trigger memories of childhood indulgence and give us that chocolate feel good factor, we now have a new kind of chocolate to stimulate our senses.
We can choose from hundreds of artisan makers sourcing fine cocoa beans from farmers across Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Bars with flavour profiles to rival the quality and variety of fine wine, tea and coffee. Bars made by people who have a great respect for the origins of their cocoa beans, the people who grow them and the bean-to-bar making process.
After spending five years following my own chocolate tasting journey: discovering new origins and makers; training with the International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting and setting up a fine tasting chocolate club; I decided to put my previous career in marketing and events to good use and set up Cocoa Encounters. My sole aim being to encourage an enjoyment and knowledge of fine flavour bean-to-bar chocolate.
Buying chocolate is like buying wine; with so much choice and similar price tags it can be difficult to know where to start. All you need to recognise the quality and ethics of a bar, is a little knowledge of how cocoa is grown, bought, made and marketed but you can only really discover how ‘fine’ it is by tasting it. All Cocoa Encounters experiences are designed to help you do just that.”
Kathryn Laverack, Cocoa Encounters